A TEENAGER from Winchester has been called up to play for England's lacrosse U19 squad when it tours Canada this summer.

St Swithun's sports scholar Emily Sambrook Smith has been selected to play in the A team for England who's first side will be in Ontario for the 2013 Lacrosse World Cup.

The 16-year-old also scored five goals when she played for England U19 helping them with the U19 Home Internationals tournament at Surrey Sports Ground in March.

“Ever since I started lacrosse at the age of 12 I have aspired to play for England and travel around the world doing what I love.

“Going on tour to Canada is a dream-come-true, especially as England is such a hugely respected lacrosse team.

“Although it is tough work with lots of extra fitness and training it all pays off - representing England is the most incredible experience I have ever had. I feel honoured to be part of such a friendly dedicated team.

“I found the home Internationals very emotional and singing the national anthem made me feel extremely patriotic and proud of myself and those around me for making it to this level,” said Emily, from Kings Worthy.

The school's head of sport Justine Mackenzie described her as a “true role model”.

“Emily is one of the most dedicated and hard-working lacrosse players I have coached. She is a selfless player who always strives to improve as an individual and within the team unit,” she said.